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Jennifer Lopez to portray infamous drug boss in TV biopic

Published 11/08/2016

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

The star has been "fascinated" by the drug queen's story for years.

Jennifer Lopez is set to star in a TV movie about the rise and fall of Colombian cartel leader Griselda Blanco.

The notorious Medellin Cartel queen, nicknamed The Cocaine Godmother and the Black Widow, became one of the most powerful female drug lords in history after running a Miami-based cocaine ring during the 1970s and early 1980s.

She was reportedly responsible for as many as 200 murders while trafficking drugs from Colombia to the U.S.

Lopez will take on the lead role in the film, which will air on America's HBO network, and will serve as an executive producer via her Nuyorican Productions vehicle, alongside her manager and company co-founder Benny Medina.

"I've been fascinated by the life of this corrupt and complicated woman for many years," Jennifer states in a press release. "The idea of teaming with HBO felt like the perfect fit for finally bringing Griselda's story to life."

Alex Pettyfer has also been listed as a co-executive producer, according to Deadline.com, but it is not clear if the Magic Mike actor will also star in the movie.

A release date has yet to be announced.

Lopez and Medina launched Nuyorican Productions in 2001 and they have recently found success producing 2015 movie The Boy Next Door and hit TV series The Fosters and Shades of Blue, in which Jennifer stars as a crooked cop.

The crime drama, which also features Ray Liotta, debuted in January (16) and was quickly recently renewed for a second season by channel bosses at NBC.

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